arrow to previous dayarrow to next day
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Daily Devotion for January 8, 2014

<i>Jesus and Apostle Peter Walk on Water</i> by Larry Farris, contemporary, self-taught artist in Baton Rouge.
Jesus and Apostle Peter Walk on Water by Larry Farris, contemporary, self-taught artist in Baton Rouge.



210 people in our community are currently praying with you.

lessons and scripture

Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Prayer for God to Abide with Us

Dear Lord, as I come before you this morning, my spirit is filled with thanks that you have given me a life and filled it with meaning. Knowing that you have a purpose for me is such a gift as I cannot express; even when the world or my own thoughts fill me with feelings of worthlessness, I can turn to you and know, fully certain, that you are in charge and have filled my existence with meaning and purpose I cannot fully understand.

Lord Christ, you promised that if we love you and obey your teaching, you and the Father will make your home with us; I declare my love for you; and there is nothing I want more than to have you live with me, present in my life. Help me to follow your teaching in every way; for you have given us grace, that by your death and resurrection, we may be perfect before you. Accept my love and be with me, today and always, I pray; not by my merit, but by your grace, oh Christ, oh one true God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.



[Let us close our eyes for a minute, and think about what it means that God is in charge.]

Strength of my Heart

Strength of my heart, I need not fail,
Not mine to fear but to obey,
With such a Leader, who could quail?
Thou art as Thou wert yesterday.
Strength of my heart, I rest in Thee,
Fulfil Thy purposes through me.



Let me not forget my prayers as I go out into the world. Holy Spirit, be with me, and let me praise you and remember you in my every action and thought, for the entire day long. In Christ's name I ask this,


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.

<i>Blessed Are the Meek</i>, Tiffany Studios for Arlington St. Church, Boston, ca. 1919.
Blessed Are the Meek, Tiffany Studios for Arlington St. Church, Boston, ca. 1919.

Proverbs 6:27-29 (NASB)

Can a man snatch up fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?

So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.

Blue Latin Cross

Matthew 14:22-33 (ESV)

Jesus Takes Peter by the Hand

Directly after this Jesus insisted on his disciples’ getting aboard their boat and going on ahead to the other side, while he himself sent the crowds home. And when he had sent them away he went up the hill-side quite alone, to pray.

When it grew late he was there by himself while the boat was by now a long way from the shore at the mercy of the waves, for the wind was dead against them. In the small hours Jesus went out to them, walking on the water of the lake. When the disciples caught sight of him walking on the water they were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said, and screamed with fear. But at once Jesus spoke to them. “It’s all right! It’s I myself, don’t be afraid!”

“Lord, if it’s really you,” said Peter, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come on, then,” replied Jesus.

Peter stepped down from the boat and did walk on the water, making for Jesus. But when he saw the fury of the wind he panicked and began to sink, calling out, “Lord save me!”

At once Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, saying, “You little-faith! What made you lose your nerve like that?” Then, when they were both aboard the boat, the wind dropped. The whole crew came and knelt down before Jesus, crying, “You are indeed the Son of God!”

Notes on the Scripture

Why did Jesus command his disciples to depart and then isolate himself, away from his followers? In modern terms, “he had the crowd”. If He wanted to spread the Gospel, this would seem the opportune moment to consolidate his organization.

There is one reason we know and another we might infer. The known reason is given to us in John 6:15 “Then Jesus, realizing that they were going to carry him off and make him their king, retired once more to the hill-side quite alone.” The crowd, expecting a Messiah who would sit on throne of David, had become a mob and would have tried to force Christ into politics, the exact opposite of God's plan.

The second, inferential reason is related, for we see throughout all four gospels that Christ introduces himself as the Son of God gradually. God plans that Jesus will build a foundation of knowledge and introduce his teaching to the world one step at a time, at a pace at which it can be accepted and understood correctly. Even in the three years He took to make himself fully known, his closest disciple, Peter, would not be able to grasp Christ's meaning until after the Resurrection.

Even today, Christianity is hard to understand; not because it is intellectually complex, but because it is contrary to people's preconceptions. Change is difficult; and Christianity, being a radical change from every human being's natural core beliefs, is radically difficult to grasp.

Jesus walking on water has to be high on the list of his best-known acts, so here is a big surprise: It might not have happened. The Greek original of Matthew's text can just as correctly be translated to say that Jesus walked to the edge of the water and called to his disciples from shore! The Greek is ambiguous. But like the translation of John 3:16, the interpretation that He walked out onto the water has become so ingrained in Christian tradition that no Bible would dare say otherwise. And, in fairness, the “walked on water” translation is perfectly justified and the context would seem to support it.

So, does it make a difference to you one way or the other? The really important lessons to the story are not Jesus performing a magic trick, but rather, first, his leaving his prayers to come to the aid of his disciples. He will come to us in our time of need. It is harder to grasp that the God of billions of galaxies, each with billions of planets, at least one of which has billions of inhabitants, would deign to come to the assistance of one little person: but Jesus, time and again, shows us that He will.

Secondly, He calms their fears. One of the benefits of Christian belief is that, the deeper your faith, the less fear you live with. Even when Peter loses faith, Jesus reaches out and takes his hand. We remember when He reached out his hand to touch the leper. These events inform the old hymn, Precious Lord, Take My Hand. When we sink into fear or despair, Jesus will wield the mighty power of God to take us by the hand. And He takes Peter's hand, even in a moment of loss of faith. It is the primary message of Christianity: Jesus will reach out to us personally and save us from our sin.

endless knot

Current Memory Verse     Remember the Bible

Printable Format for Today’s Devotion

Today in Daily Prayer

Memory Verse

James 1:19-21 (NIV): My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

About Daily Prayer

Follow us on Facebook
Join the Daily Prayer Group.

If you are new to Daily Prayer, welcome. This page provides a non-denominational, Bible-based devotion every day, including prayers, Scripture, Bible study, music, and art, designed to be usable for worship and the deepening of faith by any person who confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We hope you will take a look around at some of the features. Registration is not necessary, although if you do register, you will be greeted by name and be able to record your scores on our Daily Bible Quiz, Match-a-Verse, and Memorize Favorite Bible Verses features.

We do not email anything, except replies to emails from readers. Registration asks for an email address as a means of verifying that people are real, but this is kept completely private and never used.

“The mind of God is greater than all the minds of men, so let all men leave the gospel just as God has delivered it unto us.” ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Comments (11)

Topic: Page Two | Devotion for Day of January 8, 2014 | Daily Prayer
Margaret Flynn (Stanley, Canada) says...
I am a big fan.I have looked for years for a devotional that focuses me the way yours does.I find every element leads me in worship.Just one question...todays painting by Larry it St. Peter rather than St. Paul or am I missing something??God Bless and Thank You:-):-)
8th January 2014 1:37pm
Mason says...
Thanks! Changed it.
8th January 2014 3:00pm
Stephanie Prudence (Tucson, US) says...
Hello Mason.
I appreciate very much the work you and your team does to provide this Daily Devotion. I have a question about your Scripture Notes of January 8, 2014. You say Christianity is a radical change from every human's core beliefs....will you please expound on that in a future note. I don't understand because I thought we were all born in the likeness of God...Thank you...
8th January 2014 10:22am
Mason says...
God made us in His image or likeness (Gen. 1:26) Adam and Eve rebelled against God, and their sin tainted their descendants, i.e., they were thrown out of Eden and it was closed to them. (Gen. 3) Romans 5:12-21 is probably the best summary statement of condemnation by the sin of Adam ("original sin") and salvation by Christ, although Paul's epistles can be difficult to read without a commentary. There are a lot of people who take the early chapters of Genesis literally, and a lot ... Read More
8th January 2014 12:40pm
April (US) says...
Blessed are those who spread his word. Thank you, thank you and thank you.
8th January 2014 6:45am
kris (US) says...
I love the new added section of meditation. Keep it coming. This site is a blessing to me each morning. Thank you for this ministry.
8th January 2014 6:38am
Ursula gassaway (US) says...
I've started reading these daily and it truly has blessed my Spirit. Thank you for providing the Word and relevant commentary to fit my needs
8th January 2014 6:15am
Doreen (kampala, Uganda) says...
i am very happy to part of the daily devotion. happy new year and may the good Lord continue to bless you.
8th January 2014 5:59am
Christine Conkling (Walton, US) says...
Hi Mason,
Awhile back there was a pic posted on this site with a photo of "Jesus" in a modern day setting. It came from a book but I can't remember the name of it. Can you help?
Chris Grin
8th January 2014 5:27am
Suzanne Herpel (Indian River, US) says...
"Journey's With The Messiah" by Michael Belk.
I have it and I love it!
8th January 2014 6:42am
grace (Abuja, Nigeria) says...
todays devotional gave me just what i needed for the day. it feels good to know that as christians sometimes we have moments of doubts but God will be there to support us when we fall. Also,one moment and doubt can change things. May God give us the Grace to always have faith in him. Amen.
8th January 2014 2:20am
mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
Kyle I love your comments: It led me to think of the Commandment Jesus gave us which in my way of thinking encompasses all 10 Commandments. Love the Lord your God with all you got, and love your neighbor as your self. I also thought about the temple being me [us] and how intricately we have been built. and as with all construction it needs constant maintenance upkeep! Blessings to you
7th January 2014 8:19am
Kim (Winder, US) says...
I have several different bible apps on my cell phone and I listen to the bible every day. I also have an app Grace to You. John MacArthur breaks down the word. I am a new Christian and these are very helpful. Have a blessed day.
7th January 2014 6:35am
Kyle says...
Often it seems to me that I'm not supposed to understand every part of the books or journals or testaments. I just know that reading them and following the Ten Commandments improves my life beyond reason and I feel closer to God. And especially about building a temple - I don't need the knowledge of how to build a temple, but there is an unseen knowledge that I get from reading all of those instructions. A mindset. A clarity. A sense of God.
7th January 2014 12:39am
Page 1 of 1

Add Comment

Daily Quiz

No scores available at this time.

Our Community Around the World: Visitors July 1, 2009 - January 1, 2018

US  27,351,090
PH  2,536,471
CA  1,853,222
UK  1,004,655
AU  226,003
MY  65,993
ZA  51,385
SG  49,058
NG  44,005
IN  43,546
AE  33,122
SA  29,493
TT  29,087
KE  27,995
NZ  48,220
BB  25,751
JM  20,844
FJ  17,844
KY  16,993
CN  16,385
DE  14,541
HK  12,325
KR  11,058
GH  10,924
DM  10,005
IT  10,002
FR  9,455
TZ  9,220
BM  8,941
BS  8,277
MW  7,459
ID  7,441
LC  5,995
ZW  5,478
GU  5,759
PK  5,589
CZ  5,325
CO  5,286
UG  5,459
HN  4,555
VC  4,106
QA  4,008
MX  3,569
KW  3,592
BR  3,421
NL  3,356
TH  3,225
BZ  2,994
BW  2,653
OM  2,551
BG  2,547
BO  2,420
EG  3,991
CH  4,560
NA  2,006
ES  2,245
AW  1,818
PR  9,258
LK  2,644
IE  2,546
IL  2,116
GY  1,935
ET  1,839
TW  1,832
CM  1,831
BE  1,674
DK  3,945
LB  1,443
ZM  1,209